What is Intersectional Feminism?
Intersectional Feminism is described as a movement recognizing that barriers to gender equality vary according to other aspects of a women's identity such as age, race, ethnicity, class and religion. Thus, Intersectional Feminism means understanding that these factors impact the way a woman experiences oppression and discrimination.'
Intersectional Feminism vs Feminism
The foundation of both is identical, except for the fact that Intersectional Feminism acknowledges that the barriers a woman of colour faces are different from that of a Caucasian woman. However, both should receive the same benefit through the fight for equality.
How did Intersectional Femisim come to be?
In the 20th century, it was noticed that in the fast-growing movement of Feminism, there was an utter lack of representation. This meant that the feminist scene was dominated by Caucasian women, who reaped the most benefits. This was where Intersectional Feminism was born. Many women of colour were treated differently and did not see the same equalities as their Caucasian counterparts. In the 21st century world, there is a further recognition that Indigenous women and those in other parts of the world have yet to experience the freedom that women in the western world receive.